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Fri Feb 26, 2016, 07:53 PM

The problem of skepticism and the revolution, and our part in it

I've talked with family members and others that can't make the big leap to believe that people will, in fact, wage a revolution. Some may not believe we can create the future we believe in, there's not much we can do about that. But I've noticed that some people know we can, but don't believe we will. So, it got me thinking about faith in our fellow countrymen and women. Humor me here, it's nothing new but it's crucial that we give it serious consideration. Not to be preachy but here is something to think about this weekend:

Some people are naturally skeptical, some less so. In either case, faith in others is required if one is to believe a revolution is possible. People have to step up and, too often, people assume others will do the work so they don't step up. For those that think we cannot wage a revolution, we must make it obvious that we can and will before the election. Be aware of the bystander effect where people assume that someone else will do the thing that needs to be done. Take the time to learn how it works and think about how we overcome it. Especially when we are talking about a large population. I'm not sure which is worse, the diffusion of responsibility itself or the reinforcement of skepticism that follows. It's a vicious cycle, we must break it.

Read about the bystander effect and diffusion of responsibility here. http://psychology.about.com/od/dindex/f/diffusion-of-responsibility.htm

Or do your own googling on it.

Happy Friday, everybody!

Bernie 2016!!


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